Matt HicksMatt Hicks Named Chief Credit Officer for Chambers Bank

January 2, 2019

FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS – Matt Hicks has joined Chambers Bank as its Chief Credit Officer. Hicks has more than 14 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently having served as a commercial lender and Fayetteville market leader at First National Bank NWA.

After graduating from Arkansas State University in 2004, Hicks began his banking career at Liberty Bank in retail operations. He later led the loan administration department at Liberty and served as Benton County market president for Centennial Bank. Hicks also served as commercial loan market manager for northwest Arkansas for Great Southern Bank.

“We are thrilled to add Matt to our Chambers Bank executive team,” executive vice president J.R. Meeks said. “Matt’s breadth of experience in banking makes him uniquely qualified to lead our credit administration department.”

A native of Lawrence, Kansas, Hicks has made northwest Arkansas his home since 2006, where he gives of his time to improve the region’s quality of life. He currently serves on board for the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas and was recognized as the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Volunteer of the Month in March. He’s a past board member for the Children’s Safety Center, Students in Free Enterprise (now Enactus) at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, and Northwest Arkansas Emerging Leaders.

“Northwest Arkansas continues to be an important part of our growth strategy for Chambers Bank,” president Mike Donnell said. “Not only does Matt possess the knowledge and skills to develop and manage our overall credit strategy to help grow the bank, his passion for helping others will help us to grow our Arkansas communities, as well.”

A graduate of Leadership Fayetteville, Hicks also holds an MBA from Harding University.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the Chambers Bank team as chief credit officer,” Hicks said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for the seasoned group of quality bankers leading the company and am thrilled to be a part of what promises to be a bright future.”

Chambers Bank is a community-focused financial services company headquartered in Danville, Arkansas. Founded in 1930, Chambers Bank currently operates 18 branches throughout Arkansas.


Loren ShackelfordLoren Shackelford Promoted to Market President in NWA

November 1, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS – John Ed Chambers III, CEO of Chambers Bank, has announced the promotion of Loren Shackelford to Market President/Chief Lending Officer of the Northern Division. Shackelford joined Chambers Bank in 2014 as its Chief Lending Officer for the Northern Division, a role he will retain.

Shackelford has more than 26 years’ experience in banking–all in northwest Arkansas. After beginning his career with the Bank of Fayetteville in 1992, he held senior leadership roles at Arvest Bank, Signature Bank and First Security Bank.

In this expanded role, Shackelford will work alongside Chambers Bank Executive Vice President J.R. Meeks to oversee the Bank’s growth strategy for the northwest Arkansas region. “We are excited to have Loren leading our Northern Division,” president Mike Donnell said.  “During his tenure as Chief Lending Officer for that division, the Bank’s assets have grown over 20%, and Loren played a key role in that growth.”

Shackelford holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Arkansas and is a 2003 graduate of the Southern Methodist University Graduate School of Banking. 

Chambers Bank is a community-focused financial services company headquartered in Danville, Arkansas. Founded in 1930, Chambers Bank currently operates 18 branches throughout Arkansas.


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